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Spring Author Talks

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Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google.

John Palfrey is Head of School at Phillips Academy, Andover. Educator and technology expert John Palfrey argues that anyone seeking to participate in the 21st century needs to understand how to find and use the vast stores of information available online. If an informed citizenry is the bedrock of a thriving democracy, then the issue of access to information is a serious one.

In his book, Biblio Tech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google, Mr. Palfrey posits that in the information age one of the library’s most crucial challenges is addressing unequal access to education, jobs, and information. He envisions a future in which libraries continue their transition to the digital world by digitizing print material and ensuring that born-digital material is publicly available online.

Palfrey will speak about his book at the fifth program of the Spring Author Talks at the Kingston Council on Aging on Thursday, April 26 at 7 p.m.

John Palfrey is an alumnus of Harvard College, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard Law School and is the Head of School at Phillips Academy, Andover. He serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Knight Foundation and LRNG and also serves as a Board Member of the Data + Society Research Institute, School Year Abroad, and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He is the author or co-author of several books.

Light refreshments will be offered, and although the program is free, registration is requested. For more information or to register call the Library at 781-585-0517 or the Kingston Council on Aging at 781-585-0512.